Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has declared that Republicans will fight to maintain an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that prohibits the Department of Defense from funding organizations involved in censoring Americans. Greene, who was appointed to the conference committee to negotiate differences between the House and Senate versions of the NDAA, emphasized the importance of protecting Americans’ First Amendment rights.
She also highlighted the Democrats’ track record of censoring Americans and their attempt to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story during the 2020 presidential election. Let’s delve into the details of Greene’s stance on the amendment and other key issues Republicans are focusing on in the final version of the NDAA.
Preserving the Amendment:
Rep. Greene expressed her commitment to preserving the amendment that bars the Department of Defense from funding organizations that engage in censorship. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Rich McCormick (R-GA), targets organizations like NewsGuard and the Global Disinformation Index (GDI), which facilitate the financial blacklisting of conservative news outlets.
Greene emphasized the need to protect Americans’ First Amendment rights and prevent taxpayer dollars from supporting organizations involved in censorship.
Democrats’ Intentions and Censorship:
Greene pointed to the Democrats’ proven track record of censoring Americans, particularly in recent years. She highlighted how they worked with government agencies, social media companies, and the media to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story, which she believes influenced the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Greene’s comments underscore the concern that eliminating the amendment would reveal Democrats’ intentions regarding freedom of speech and censorship.
Previous Coverage of Censorship and Funding:
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) previously addressed the issue of the Department of Defense funding organizations like NewsGuard and the GDI in an exclusive interview in April 2023. McCarthy commended Breitbart News for exposing Big Tech censorship and noted that House Republicans had already cut off some taxpayer funding streams.
McCarthy called for an investigation into NewsGuard and its contracts with the federal government.
Additional Priorities in the NDAA:
Apart from the censorship funding amendment, Rep. Greene discussed other key issues Republicans are working to include in the final version of the NDAA. She emphasized the importance of preserving the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal dollars from being used for abortion.
She also stressed the need to ensure that military funding does not cover transgender surgeries. Greene highlighted the significance of maintaining pay increases and benefits for military members, as well as the replacement of equipment and weapons.
Opposition to Funding the War in Ukraine:
Rep. Greene reiterated her opposition to funding the war in Ukraine and her commitment to peace. She argued that funding the war in Ukraine does not serve the United States national security interests or deter war. Instead, she believes it increases the risk of conflict and puts the nation at risk.
Greene pledged to use the conference committee to persuade her colleagues in both the House and Senate to stop funding the war in Ukraine.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is determined to uphold the amendment that prevents the Department of Defense from funding organizations involved in censoring Americans. She emphasizes the need to protect First Amendment rights and highlights the Democrats’ history of censoring Americans.
Additionally, Greene is focused on other priorities in the final version of the NDAA, including preserving the Hyde Amendment, opposing military funding for transgender surgeries, and ending funding for the war in Ukraine. As the conference committee deliberates, Greene will work to advance these objectives and ensure the bill aligns with Republican principles.